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Religion and Politics in the International System Today

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  • Date Published: January 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521617819

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  • This book proposes a post-Cold War paradigm based on the interaction between the contemporary globalization of the political, economic, military, and communication systems and the increasing role of religion in influencing global politics. Rapid technological advances have constantly recast politics, economics, armed conflict, and the media. These four systems are thus becoming not just more international, but are also rapidly integrating. Eric Hanson constructs the new global paradigm by explaining the roles of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Maoist Marxism in world politics.

    • Offers a post-Cold War global paradigm
    • Explains the interaction of religion and politics across cultures
    • Explains the very different forms of seven world religions and the significance of dialogue and cooperation among them for global peace
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    "The horrific images of suicide bombs and subway attacks make us all aware that the power of religious politics in the 21st century cannot be ignored. This carefully reasoned book shows that it also should not be ignored. It explores how and where a religious dimension can be infused with political order throughout the world. In a comprehensive manner, it moves from region to region, exploring the diverse forms of Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, and Buddhism formulations of religious politics. What it shows, in a thorough and thoughtful way, is that the possibilities of religious politics are richer and more enduring than the momentary flashes of the extremists' bombs would lead us to believe." Mark Juergensmeyer, author of Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521617819
    • length: 360 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Religion and Politics in the New Global Paradigm:
    1. A new paradigm for world politics?
    2. A political perspective on religion and politics
    3. A religious perspective on religion and politics
    4. The religions of the book, meditative experience, and public life
    Part II. Religion in Contemporary World Politics:
    5. The West: Christianity, secularization, and immigration
    6. East Asia: modernization and ideology
    7. South and Central Asia: the legacies of Gandhi and Khomeini and the bomb
    8. The Middle East and North Africa: Jewish and Islamic politics
    9. Latin America: indigenous religions, Christianity, and globalization
    10. Religion and politics for the next millenium.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Asian Politics and History
  • Author

    Eric O. Hanson, Santa Clara University, California
    Eric O. Hanson is Patrick A. Donohoe S.J. Professor of Political Science at Santa Clara University. He studied in East Asia for five years, including graduate work at National Taiwan University, before receiving his doctorate from Stanford University. He has been a fellow at the Stanford University Center for International Security and Arms Control. He is the author of Catholic Politics in China and Korea and The Catholic Church in World Politics (Princeton University Press).

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